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  • 5.0 stars

    "Drop dead simple, works like a charm"

    January 10, 2012  |   By jimafrost

    Pros

    Works great.

    System Preferences control is very straightforward.

    You can try before you buy.

    Cons

    Bonjour doesn't work with some complex network configurations, but these are unlikely in consumer situations.

    Would be nice if there were a Windows version for those Mac-less networks.

    Summary

    I already knew from other people that this product worked well, so I skipped the demo and gave them my money. The software comes as a zip file that includes documentation which is more than sufficient plus an installer app. Run the app and it installs a Printopia System Preferences panel neat-as-you-please.

    The Printopia panel is very straightforward, giving you the ability to allow or deny any of the printers the Mac knows about, a couple of more esoteric options that almost no one will care about, and a really big on/off switch. After installation it was already configured to support all of my printers and the iPad app printed perfectly on the first try. In the Apple tradition It Just Worked.

    I know a bit about what Printopia is doing behind the scenes, and as a result I think the product is a little bit pricey for what they needed to do to make it work, but it's hard to argue too much with $20 for a beautifully polished solution versus either the free-but-annoying hacker solution or the ridiculous official Apple policy of going out and buying new printers. Apple should be ashamed for not doing this themselves. Until they do, I highly recommend Printopia.

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